SUGGESTION BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE THAT BARRACK CLOSURES COULD SAVE €5M IS VERY MUCH WIDE OF THE MARK

By Deputy General Secretary

PDFORRA, the association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew of the Defence Forces, have labelled suggestions by the Department of Defence that barrack closures could yield
savings of €5M as very wide of the mark. PDFORRA Deputy General Secretary, Simon Devereux, said “The Department of Defence suggestion that efficiencies of €5M could be achieved from barrack closures by cutting down on barrack support staff and converting them to operational roles is very much wide of the mark. All members of the Defence
Forces multi task in terms of the roles they carryout. Most support staff carryout operational roles on a frequent basis. Indeed, the majority of soldiers do not have such clearly defined roles”.

Mr Devereux also said ”The projected efficiency savings are based on average earnings of €50,000. PDFORRA has no members with average earnings of this level. Our members average earnings are around €37,000 per annum. This will clearly reduce further the efficiency savings that the Department of Defence projects from barrack closures”. A claim was made by the Department of Defence that barrack closures could yield improved efficiencies to the level of €5M at a presentation to the Public Accounts Committee last week. This was based on soldiers with average earnings of €50,000.

 

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